Claire Benninger '17
What does being a Hotelie mean to you?
Being a Hotelie means being a member of one of the most well-connected and integrated communities in the industry. Joining the Hotelie community is not about being a part of a community just for your four years at Cornell; it's about joining a community for a lifetime.
What internship has most impacted your career plans?
My internship at Hersha Hospitality Trust has most impacted my career goals. I met and interacted daily with people who helped me learn, grow, and—ultimately—confirm my passion for the industry.
What is your main Cornell extracurricular activity? Why is it important to you?
I have held multiple roles in my sorority from chief financial officer to a recruitment board member. Throughout my positions, I have gained hands-on experience with money and people management. Through Greek life, I also met some of my closest friends whom I know will remain in my life long after Cornell.
"I've made an effort to do one thing each semester that scares me a little: take an intimidating class, join a different organization, or apply for an internship. Each endeavor has provided me with a new perspective."Read more »
"Through SHA, I have met and become close with students from all over the world. Diversity is an added bonus on top of an already incredible college experience."Read more »
"Don't be afraid to take risks, venture out of your comfort zone, and try something that you would never have done. You have been given such a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow as a student and individual—take advantage!"Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means you are part of the world's greatest network. Not only do you have the power of the education you've earned at the school; you also have the network and support from everyone around you, a culture that can push you to the next tier of success."Read more »
"The Hotel School has given me the flexibility to take a breadth and depth of classes offered in and outside the school."Read more »